The Controller General (CG) of Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) has said President Muhammadu Buhari was elated at the integration of the first made-in-Nigeria oil services platform also known as floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The CG conveyed the president’s delight with the feat during a facility tour of the LADOL Free Zone, in Tarkwa bay, Apapa, Lagos on Monday.
The contract for integration of the FPSO was awarded to Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) in 2013. Specifically, the contract was for construction of the world class oil production platform in Nigeria with the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL), acting as the local content partner. Ali, who expressed his delight at the wholly indigenous owned facility, which has so far consumed $600million in local content input, observed that for an indigenous investor to take such a bold step amid the risk in undertaking such ventures, the project must be appreciated by the presidency.
“I have come and I have seen. They say ‘seeing is believing’. I will take the message to President Muhammadu Buhari whom I’m sure is impressed at what you are doing here. The president is interested more so that you are the first people that are doing this kind of project in West Africa…and to say that your organisation is owned by Nigerians, it is amazing! “With what you are doing here, I have no doubt that government will continue to support and encourage you because the sky is the limit. Any government will be glad to support an entity such as this that will put us (Nigeria) at par with other industrially developed countries of the world “Not too many of our indigenous investors can take the risk as you have done…I am happy to be here, and the Nigeria Customs Service is also glad that you are generating revenue into government coffers through your activities here”, Ali said.
The Customs boss added: ’’The free trade zone is one of the areas of our responsibility, hence, the need for us to be on ground to see what is going on is key in other to enable us do our homework. We are impressed with what we have seen so far and we can say it is one of the most successful indigenous companies that is involved in heavy equipment building. It would help us in the classification of industries. We are here to see for ourselves so that we can factor it to our own mandate.”
He said, through the project, more jobs would be created in addition to the transfer of technology, which is also vital.